Volume 12, Issue 6 | June 2019
The Nonprofit Connection
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I know for us, this newsletter represents the start of the summer. My daughter's last day of school was Tuesday, our current Women's Emerging Leaders cohort is getting ready to "graduate" at our last Nonprofit Essentials class of the year in a few weeks, and we're looking ahead at 2019-2020 programming in earnest.

This summer will mark many other transitions here at HandsOn. First of all, it's with a heavy heart that we will be saying goodbye to Brittney Albert, our Community Engagement Coordinator next week. (In this picture, Brittney is on the bottom row, first on the left. This was taken during our board/staff service project at The Diaper Bank of NC just two weeks ago--you can see more pics of the project here ). Many of you have had the pleasure of working with her, whether through the Governor's Awards breakfast, company and group service projects, HandsOn Connect, and/or your Supporting Partnership renewal. Brittney has become truly integrated into almost every aspect of our work over her three years with us, and we will definitely miss her as she moves on to new pastures, taking on a position at High Point University. Our loss is definitely their gain! As Kathy and I consider the best way to try and replace the irreplaceable, please let me know if you or someone you know might be interested in the position.

Other transitions that you'll see over the summer include the work of Bess Morrell , our Wake Forest University intern from their Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program . Bess will be taking on some of Brittney's traditional duties during her transition, as well as leading a series of focus groups that will help us refresh and refine our Supporting Partner and Consulting/Vendor Partner programs. Another one of Bess's focus groups will help us determine the best options for continuing education geared toward our 100+ Women's Emerging Leadership alumnae. Stayed tuned for more details about those initiatives!

After Bess's work with us in June and July is completed, we are excited to announce that we will once again be welcoming a VISTA member to our team, this time through WFU's and PHI's Community Action Coalition. The VISTA will be focused primarily on volunteer engagement, outreach, and recruitment as a way of building the capacity of our nonprofit partners working on reducing poverty and its effects in our community. As part of this increased focus on volunteer outreach, you may also see changes to our online volunteer matching platform over the course of the summer. (We'll keep you posted on those changes, as we work to ensure a smooth transition with little to no extra effort on the part of our nonprofit partners).

We firmly believe at HandsOn that change breeds opportunities for growth and renewal, so, even in the face of all of these multiple transitions, we're excited about what is to come in the last half of 2019. And when it comes to those good things that the transition into summer brings us--a chance to warm our faces in the sun, take a dip in a pool, and savor life over the course of long, sultry days--I hope you all get a chance to indulge in the coming months!

Yours in Service,
Amy Lytle

Amy Lytle
Executive Director
2019 Governor's Medallion Awards Ceremony
You will likely remember Steve and Steven Jones from the 2018 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards, the father/son duo nominated by Providence Restaurant and Catering , who were named the "Family" Category Winner for that year. This special pair graduated together from Providence Culinary Training and built off of their successes to create a special needs cooking class at Second Harvest Food Bank . The class creates "Grace by Providence" muffins to be sold locally and support their mission.

The HandsOn NWNC Program Committee (comprised of board members) was so moved by their story that they decided to nominate them for the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service! The Medallion Award was implemented in 2006 to recognize the top 20-25 volunteers in the state of North Carolina. Medallion recipients are nominated at the county level and only one nomination is permitted per county. The statewide panel that reviewed the nominations was equally impressed because Steve and Steven were selected! The Joneses, along with Amy, Brittney, and Janis Karathanas (Providence Director of Culinary Training), traveled to Raleigh for the special Medallion Award Ceremony last month. They are pictured above with NC First Lady, Kristin Cooper. Be sure to check out additional photos and a video of them receiving their well-deserved award. Congratulations, Steve and Steven! We are all so proud!
June Peer Philanthropy Network Meeting
Tuesday, June 11th, 8:00-9:00 am
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

Share fundraising ideas, tips, trends and best practices with your nonprofit peers! The group meets bi-monthly to share practical information and is a great opportunity to meet other nonprofit staff involved in similar work while exploring concerns and discussing effective solutions.

We'll be discussing chapter 11 of Kim Klein's book, Fundraising For Social Change, that addresses "Strengthening Relationships by Creating Categories of Donors." If you don't have a copy of the book, an outline will be provided at the meeting. HandsOn has several copies of Fundraising For Social Change for sale for $45.

Meetings are from 8-9 am, but feel free to arrive at 7:45 am for networking. Coffee will be provided.


Information Session:
The 50% Growth Plan: Aligning Your Vision, Your Team and Your Board for Dramatic Revenue Growth Over the Next
12 Months
Tuesday, June 11th, 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: 751 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Pfefferkorn Conference Room ( see map

Too many Strategic Planning exercises end with a written document that mostly sits on the shelf. What a waste of time, energy, and financial resources!
Connect with your peers to explore another way to deploy these precious resources and leverage the capacity and dreams of your organization, making it  extremely relevant and attractive to funders, individual donors, strategic partners, and the broader community. 
Join a small group of leaders to learn how other organizations have used the Strategic Action Planning process to double their community impact and increase their budget by 50% or more in 12 months.  Discover the foundation required for you to get these kinds of results too. Teri Beckman and Paula McCoy from HIGOL , a Consultant/Vendor partner, will facilitate the discussion, which will wrap up between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks will be provided.


Nonprofit Essentials 2018-2019:
 Grant Writing
Thursday, June 20th, Noon-4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Neill Board Room ( see map )

This is a practical course designed for those seeking to develop grant proposal writing skills. Participants will learn how to assess the "grant readiness" of their respective organizations and research funding sources, become familiar with grants terminology, learn how to write a successful grant by learning the common elements of a grant proposal, and prepare to manage a grant.

The course is taught by Susan Brittain , President of Susan Brittain Consulting , a firm that believes the "best solutions come from the people who are most affected by the problem." Susan has a wealth of experience in nonprofit management; arts and social sciences program/project development; research; proposal, policy and budget development; and grants and contracts research, development, writing, and management.

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners/ $60 for all others 
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10 class series for just $450 ! (The cost is $550 for all others.) Payment plans are available. All classes include a networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
"Better Meetings Workshop," hosted by Third Space Studios, June 7th, Research Triangle Park, $150. Join Third Space Studio , a HandsOn Consulting Partner , on Friday, June 7th at the Frontier in the Research Triangle Park (NC) for a day of training, conversation, and practice about how to create and facilitate better meetings.  We all spend much of our days in meetings of one type or another. Good meetings can energize your team, catalyze action, and strengthen relationships. Bad meetings can do the exact opposite, causing confusion, frustration, and loss of morale.

By designing, facilitating, and participating in many, many meetings, the folks at Third Space Studio have figured the five big biggest meeting mistakes not to make--and now you can learn from them! This all day session will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The cost is $150 for the first person from your team and $125 for each additional person. Lunch and materials are included. Tickets are not refundable, but are transferable to others in your organization. Register today!
Donor Experience Design (DXD) Workshop PixGift is offering a unique, online workshop to teach motivated individuals what it takes to create meaningful donor experiences that connect and inspire action online. You will receive:

  • 6 hours of workshop time
  • Full life access to DXD course
  • 46 videos
  • Free fundraising website
  • Email support
  • $500 in raised funds with no service fees
  • Certificate of completion

The deadline to enroll is Friday, June 7th. $299 for a limited time ($500 value). Learn more now!
Poverty Simulation, June 10th,
6-8:30 pm, Goodwill's Self-Reliance Hall If you had to choose between food, shelter, utilities or medication, what would you pick? Join Love Out Loud , Crisis Control Ministry , and Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC for a two-hour dynamic program including four 15-minute “weeks” where you assume the role of a member in a low-income family. This simulation provides a way for those of us who may have never lived in poverty to "experience" the stresses of everyday life. Participation is limited to 80 individuals. It is requested that participants are high school-aged or older. There is a $10 suggested, but not required donation. Please email Liz with questions and sign up here to participate before spots fill up!
Attend the Next PRAVA Meeting! PRAVA , the local professional development association for those that lead and manage volunteers in any setting, and a HandsOn Supporting Partner , will be hosting its next meeting on Wednesday, June 26th, 8:30 AM-10 AM, at Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln, Winston Salem, NC 27103. "Conference Round Up" - Members will discuss the 2019 NCAVA Conference held in Kitty Hawk and the 2020 conference to be held in Winston-Salem. Agency Spotlight- Carolina Donor Services. No need to RSVP--just come!
Join Amy for the 2019 Points of Light Conference June 18-20, St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2019 Points of Light Conference will challenge attendees to not only ask “how do we get more people to volunteer to make change,” but also, “how can we create a society where it is easy for every individual to take action to accelerate change within their community and around the world?” The conference, co-hosted with HandsOn Twin Cities, is your opportunity to connect with peers and learn from experts in the field as we work together to ignite a civic passion for community mindedness, citizen action, social responsibility and a commitment to giving back. This year’s conference will feature engaging experiences designed to foster new ideas, cultivate conversations, and generate solutions to problems that cut across sectors by offering a range of experiences including forums, Civic Talks, Connecting Conversations, and traditional workshops. You will leave with best practices, insights and ideas to help shape your efforts to inspire and accelerate people-powered change in communities around the world.
"How to Win Support for Program Evaluation ," Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar, June 20th, 2 pm, $79 . Many nonprofits find themselves in a long-standing dilemma: they must provide proof to grant makers that their programs are performing, but they don't have the financial support in place to gather and analyze meaningful data. How can you show grant makers the value of evaluation and convince them to cover the costs of program measurement?

This one-hour online session will cover the nuances of talking to donors about supporting program measurement ― from setting realistic expectations to negotiating equitable terms. Jeannie Annan of the International Rescue Committee and Kara Weiss of the Child Relief International Foundation will explain how to convey to donors both the cost and the value of measuring impact. They'll also share key steps to take before seeking support and smart ways to incorporate the cost of evaluation into your budgets. The deadline for early-bird registration is June 13!
Intro to Design Sprints: Everything You Want to Know (But Have Been Afraid to Ask)! Looking for a fast, fun and practical way for your team to source creative new ideas and actually find out if they’ll work? Try a DESIGN SPRINT! The Design Sprint process was created by Google Ventures as a way to rapidly validate and test new ideas, saving time and money. While it’s origins are in digital product design, sprints have been used to solve issues in healthcare, services, marketing, government and more. It’s NOT just for designers or creative people, it does NOT require specialized knowledge to participate and it is definitely NOT boring! It is a facilitated week-long workshop with a small, carefully selected team of people. During the week, you’ll deep-dive into understanding a problem or challenge, brainstorm new creative solutions, select one to move forward with and even prototype and test your new solution with real customers!

When: Wed., July 10, 7-8:30 pm
Where: Fearless , 1002 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem
Cost: FREE for nonprofits! Just enter the code "np" at checkout

Bridges Out of Poverty Training Offered by Crisis Control Ministry Throughout 2019 Our Supporting Partner , Crisis Control Ministry , helps to organize The Bridges Out of Poverty training, which is designed to develop understanding across social and economic groups. Cultures have norms and we all respond based on the hidden rules of our upbringing. This training provides an understanding of the hidden rules for individuals in poverty, middle class, and wealth with the goal of providing avenues of success for all. Individuals who work regularly with those living in poverty or want to advocate for those in poverty will benefit from this training. There are multiple dates when the class is being offered between now and the rest of the year. (Click on the date for more info.) All workshops are free of charge. Location is TBD.

Fri, June 28 @ Goodwill Industries Self Reliance Hall- 8:30 am-12:30 pm
(Registration required by 6/21)

Fri, Nov 8 8:30 am-12:30 pm
(Registration required by 11/1)
" Communicate Your Impact to Busy Donors , " Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar, July 18th, 2pm, $79. Donors ― whether individuals or foundations ― want to see how you are making a difference, so it is vital to convey your results in compelling ways. How can you present your nonprofit’s impact in visually appealing and easy-to-understand formats? Join this one-hour online session to learn from your peers. Sara Tollefson, head of impact at a global health nonprofit, will explain how to use online dashboards and share tips for selecting data to highlight. Theresa Madeira, director of marketing and patron loyalty at the California Symphony, will explain how to balance emotion and data in stories and share real-world appeals that worked. The deadline for early-bird registration is July 11, so register now to save 20% .
Other Opportunities
Graduate Students Looking for HR-Related Projects! Over the past few weeks, we've gotten multiple requests from students in the Master's HR degree program at Western Carolina University, many of whom actually live in Winston-Salem. For their final semester, they must partner with a local nonprofit to complete a HR-related project under the supervision of a professor. Since 2011, over 700 graduate students have served as pro bono Human Resources consultants for well-known nonprofits, small businesses, and government agencies across the country. Past projects have included creating and updating employee handbooks, refining performance appraisal processes, onboarding processes, developing employee satisfaction surveys, etc. Feel free to check out their website that contains a list of their former clients. All projects would begin at the end of May and would need to be completed no later than the end of July. For more information on how these students can help you strengthen you HR foundation, contact Dr. Germain today!
Participate in the FREE Industry Hill Block Party on June 8th from Noon to 5 pm! Industry Hill Block Party is a summer celebration featuring Krankies Craft Fair, a music stage, panel discussions, food trucks, and a ton more! In their panel discussions, they are looking at the topics of inclusive entrepreneurship in Winston-Salem and the future of Industry Hill. With a high homeless population and surrounding low income neighborhoods, how does Industry Hill continue to grow and develop into a cool, thriving district, while welcoming and serving the people that already live here? They would love to have Winston-Salem non-profits participate by setting up a 10'x10' pop up tent and table, and spreading the word about the good work you're doing in the community. Nonprofits will be set-up between the main stage and the food/beer, so lots of people would come talk to you! They're expecting a few thousand people to come. If you'd like to participate, please fill out this simple form to register. You can reach out to Adrian Smith, Mixxer's Program Director with any questions or concerns at (336) 692-4621.
2nd Annual Crosby Scholars Community Service Fair The Crosby Scholars Program consists of more than 11,000 middle and high school students in Forsyth County who are eager and motivated to get involved in the local community.  The 2nd Annual Community Service Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 18th from 9 am- 1 pm at the Goodwill Industries Building . This year's is being hosted at the beginning of the summer to allow students to make connections with agencies which may allow them to volunteer over their summer vacation. The Crosby Scholars Program would love for you to join them at this event to spread the word about your organization and how local students can immerse themselves in the volunteer opportunities you provide. If you would like to have your organization represented but do not have a staff person available, please feel free to send an intern or student(s) who could speak with their attendees about your mission. Please email Alex Lawrence if your organization is interested in being a part of this event. She will send you more details about moving forward with planning once your commitment is received.
Nominate the 2019 Disney and Points of Light Volunteer Family of the Year! Do you know an amazing family that volunteers together? (How you define "family" is entirely up to you). Our partners at Disney and Points of Light are teaming up to find the Volunteer Family of the Year! The winning family will travel to Walt Disney World® Resort this November for Family Volunteer Day, and the nonprofit/school that nominated them will receive $10,000! If you are registered for the Disney Family Volunteering Reward Program , nominate a family by June 20th at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Announcing a Great New Resource for Nonprofit Leaders: Nonprofit.ist With listings for more than 100 nonprofit consultants, lawyers, accountants and other experts, you can easily search and find the right person to help with your next project. It can be challenging to find the best person for your unique challenges. Nonprofit.ist is set up so that you can quickly find and contact the expert you need. You can search by location, specialty, or key word. 

Membership is free and takes less than 60 seconds. Check it out at https://www.nonprofit.ist/joinnonprofit .

Piedmont Wind Symphony, Executive Director The Piedmont Wind Symphony is seeking a new Executive Director to be responsible for managing the human, public relations, marketing/branding, and financial resources in order to achieve the symphony's mission. The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization, and implementing the policies set by the Board of Directors. The individual will serve as the chief operating officer of the Piedmont Wind Symphony and reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President. Review the full position description and submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and three references to pwsadmin@piedmontwindsymphony.com AND artshome@yahoo.com . The position listing will close this Friday, June 7th.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition The Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University is actively recruiting AmeriCorps VISTAs! Members would begin serving with the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition at the end of August. Benefits include:

  • Biweekly living allowance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Health coverage
  • Professional development training
  • Community involvement
  • ...AND MORE!

Apply at americorps.gov/vista and search for the Winston Salem Community Action Coalition.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, VP of Philanthropy The VPP for Big Brothers Big Sisters Services , a HandsOn Supporting Partner , is the senior manager responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive fund raising program –within a mission-focused environment. The VPP is responsible for generating operating, capital and endowment revenue from private and public sources. This full-time, salaried leadership position involves the abilities to envision and develop strategic development plans within the context of BBBS SERVICES’s larger strategic plan; to engage board, staff and volunteers enthusiastically and effectively in raising funds for the execution of these plans; to direct internal and external communications in a way that creates and sustains awareness, understanding and support for BBBS Services’ work; and to establish and maintain a high level of accountability for fund raising quality, ethical standards and results. As a senior manager the VPP helps to define the future direction and strategic growth of BBBS Services. For more detail, please review the full position description . To apply, please send a resume and salary requirements to Shawan Gabriel .
The Winston-Salem Foundation, Grants Processor & Administrative Assistant The Foundation , a HandsOn Funding Partner , is currently seeking a Grants Processor and Administrative Assistant who will be responsible for processing donor-advised and designated grants, as well as providing administrative support for the Philanthropic Services department. He/she will report to the Director, Philanthropic Services and will work closely with other team members and collaboratively with other members of the Foundation’s staff. Review the full position description and apply online with a cover letter and resume by Wednesday, June 19th.
Triad Restorative Justice, PT Youth Program Coordinator & Instructor Triad Restorative Justice (TRJ) , a HandsOn Supporting Partner , is looking for a passionate and committed individual who wants to help build more just and equitable responses to juvenile crime in our community. TRJ is a new organization in Forsyth County which advances equity and trust within our community by responding to conflict, crime, and injustice with effective restorative practices, trainings, and education. Starting this fall, the RESTART program (Restorative Aggression Replacement Training) is a program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system which involves weekly class time with a structured curriculum coupled with a restorative family conference at the beginning and end of the program for each youth involved. Completion of the program results in the dismissal or reduction of charges for the youth. TRJ supports a diverse and inclusive work environment for people of all races, backgrounds and experiences, including those formerly incarcerated, and all eligible and interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Training in the A.R.T. curriculum, restorative justice practices and facilitation techniques will be provided.

Review the full position description and email a cover letter, resume, and two references (one personal and one professional) to Valerie Glass .
Family Services of Davidson County, Executive Director The mission of Family Services of Davidson County (FSDC) is to provide counseling, crisis intervention, and youth development programs to strengthen individuals and families in our community. Their services are based on trauma-informed care principals and they acknowledge, and support, the individual’s choice with regards to services offered and their responsibility over their lives and decisions. This is an Executive level position and will be responsible for direction, supervision, and coordination for all phases of Family Services of Davidson County, Inc. This includes planning, organizing, directing and controlling the resources of the agency, coordinating and promoting the programs, while maintaining high morale among staff. You can review the full position description here. For more application details, please contact Olympeia Howell , Operations Manager.
Kaleideum, Director of Annual Giving Kaleideum is currently seeking a strategic thought leader who is passionate about connecting donors' interests with funding opportunities through creative solicitation. The Director is responsible for co-creating and fully executing a comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan for the Museum's $1.2M Annual Fund. Review the job description and submit all inquiries and complete paperwork to Elizabeth Marsh, VP of Philanthropy, by email or phone (336.723.9111, ext. 204).
Crosby Scholars, Part-Time Assistant, Senior Program Crosby Scholars , a HandsOn Supporting Partner , is looking for a Program Assistant to provide administrative support to the senior and financial aid programs. Duties include assisting with mailings, generating lists to support programs and events, data entry and database management, ordering supplies for special programs, preparing certificates and reminders, assisting at Crosby Scholars Academy and special programs including the Senior Gala. Additional duties include planning and coordinating meetings as directed, filing, responding to e-mails, and answering the phones in a professional manner. For more details, see the full position description . Interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Maggie DeBaugh , Senior Program Coordinator. The position will remain open until it is filled. 
Children's Law Center of NC, Part-Time Office Assistant Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina (CLC), a HandsOn Supporting Partner, is searching for a part-time Office Assistant. This is a 15-20 hours/week grant funded position. $17.00/hour. CLC provides children with quality legal advocacy focusing on domestic violence issues, high conflict custody cases and the rights of children in public education. The Office Assistant will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and Staff Attorneys. For more details, please review the full position description.
Kaleideum, Guest Engagement Specialist Kaleideum seeks a part-time Guest Engagement Specialist to facilitate STEM demonstrations, pop-up programs, storytimes, and making experiences with children, families, and other audiences at both Museum locations. Through programming and staging the museum for play, staff in this position cultivate an environment that encourages a mood that is playful, spontaneous, and fun, which focuses on learner-driven exploration and experimentation. This is a public-facing position, so the successful applicant is adaptable, resilient, insightful, innovative, accountable, and relationship-driven with a desire to learn new things and remain current on a variety of topics and learning styles. The successful candidate will collaborate with peers and his or her team to deliver innovative programs that are dynamic, exciting, credible, and interactive. To apply, review the full job description and please submit a museum application and resume to Kayla Todd , Manager of Guest Engagement.
Funding Opportunities
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 Grant Cycle The Women's Fund’s grant program seeks to ensure that all women and girls in Forsyth County have equal opportunities, skills and resources to be independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community. This grant program will provide organizations of all sizes with grants of up to $15,000.

The Fund’s grant making focus emanates from their 2015 research report A Second Look - Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County . This report highlights that poverty and economic security encompass and are impacted by these four focus areas in their grant making: financial stability; jobs/career development; education; and family impact. This report and the poverty study released by Forsyth Futures indicate disparities within the community. Therefore, the Fund will give priority to applications that address concentrated poverty and poverty in African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Pilot projects or programs that explore innovative approaches to dealing with these issues are also welcome.

The 2019 Grant Guidelines and application forms are available under the grants tab of The Women’s Fund website or may be obtained by email or by calling 336-714-3467. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2019.  
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 'State-Level Systemic Change' Fall 2019 Grant Cycle ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy is one of three major strategies that comprise All For NC: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning . ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy supports state, regional and local organizations, coalitions, or collaboratives that are working to achieve systemic change at the state level within and across the following priority areas: Advancing Public Education, Fostering a Healthy and Sustainable Environment, Promoting Social and Economic Justice, and Strengthening Democracy. ZSR recognizes that each of these four areas intersect in multiple ways, and will look for approaches that not only strengthen each, but also work across them.
Within the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, the Foundation is awarding more multi-year grants to organizations. Over the past year, the Foundation has already committed $10.4 million to more than 125 State-Level Systemic Change grantees who will be doing work in 2020. As a result, a smaller funding pool will be available for grantmaking within the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy in Fall 2019 than was available in Fall 2018, which will likely result in fewer grants being awarded this Fall.

The annual Fall 2019 grant cycle marks the next open cycle of the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy and is open to any eligible local, regional, or state-level organization aligned with ZSR’s core values, mission and state-level vision and working to change state-level systems. The deadline to submit a grant application for the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy is July 25, 2019. It is important to note that the application deadline is one week earlier than in recent years. Trustees will make award decisions for State-Level Systemic Change grants in November 2019.

Organizations that are working to impact state-level systemic change in North Carolina are encouraged to read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions and Rarely Fund List to find out more about whether their work fits into the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy. For more information about ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, including eligibility criteria and/or how to apply, visit: https://www.zsr.org/state-level. Questions about ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy should be directed to info@zsr.org.
Get Your Organization and Its Clients Ready for the 2020 Census!

HandsOn NWNC is working together with the NC Counts Coalition to prepare our state for a complete and accurate 2020 Census count! Nonprofits are crucial partners in this work, as you serve as "trusted ambassadors" with residents that are at-risk of being under-counted. Such an under-count would be harmful not only to the residents that our nonprofits serve, but to nonprofits as well, as much of our data-driven decision-making is dependent upon an accurate census. Below is a list of resources that we believe might be valuable as you work to determine how best you can support an accurate count during Census 2020--which will start less than a year from now!

  1. NC Counts Coalition Fact Sheet
  2. 2020 Census Key Dates
  3. Making Kids Count: Young Children and Census 2020 (NC Child)
  4. Count All Kids Information Sheet (Deborah Stein, Partnership for America’s Children)
  5. Preventing an Undercount in the South in the 2010 Census: Successful Implementation of a Small Grants Outreach Program (Southern Coalition for Social Justice)
  6. How Complete Count Committees, Local Government can Contribute to a Successful Census (Gaston Count Testimony in Congress, December 2, 1009)

We would encourage you to explore the NC Counts Coalition website for additional resources. There, you will find links to other websites that you may find useful as you prepare for the 2020 Census in your community, such as the State’s Census 2020 website. ( Click here for resources ).
2019 State of Grantseeking Report Available Now!

This report, conducted by GrantStation , includes input from over 2,838 grantseeking organizations and analysis on their grantseeking activities, successes, and challenges. The primary goal of this annual survey is to help nonprofits understand and utilize the recent trends in grantseeking to grow their organizations. Sources of grant funding are examined through a variety of lenses, providing the sector with benchmarks reflective of the most current grantseeking and grant giving landscape.
So how can this report help your organization find the funding it needs?
  • Compare your grantseeking results to other organizations with similar budgets, service areas, or missions.
  • Look at funding rates by the largest source of total awards or the largest individual award for your organization’s type.
  • Are you applying to the funding sources that other, similar organizations have reported success with?
  • How do your results compare to those of your peers?
  • Are your future grant award expectations in line with current projections?

UNCSA Receives Inclusive Public Art Grant!

Our friends at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) announced the recipients of their Inclusive Public Art grants list week, totaling $450,000, to ten communities across North Carolina--including Winston-Salem! ZSR’s Inclusive Public Art initiative is one of three initiatives that the Foundation is supporting under its Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy as part of All For NC: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning . ZSR’s Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy will evolve over time, supporting different initiatives from year to year. Specifically, the Inclusive Public Art initiative aims to include historically marginalized people in the decision-making processes about art in public places and is intended to spark healthy dialogue among members of the community. The community engagement aspect of these grants is just as important as the art installations themselves.

The UNCSA project seeks to honor the history of the African American communities displaced and segregated by the construction of Interstate 40 and redlining in the City of Winston-Salem. Through a community engagement process, project leaders will lift up narratives related to the former Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital, a public medical facility that served African Americans in Winston-Salem. A large-scale photo-mosaic mural will be placed in a central location in East Winston.
ZSR has launched a microsite   to share information about all ten Inclusive Public Art sites, which are located across the state. This microsite will grow over time and is intended to share the stories that will be depicted in the art, as well as to follow the progression of each community’s project and to reveal the final installations. This may include, for example, renderings, drawings, and photos from community meetings, as well as images of the final installations, be they murals, archways, or sculptures. The microsite also is intended to serve as an informal toolkit for other communities across the state that might be interested in engaging in similar community-led inclusive public art projects. ZSR also is excited to announce its partnership with UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina , which will be working with the Foundation to capture and document the experiences and conversations of all ten grantee communities as they undergo the process of telling these important stories through public art.

We're excited to hear more about this art initiative as it takes shape over the coming year!

PRAVA Receives 2019 Outstanding Affiliate of the Year Award

The Piedmont Regional Association of Volunteer Administation (PRAVA), a HandsOn Supporting Partner and advocate, has been doing great things in Winston-Salem and beyond this year! In fact, the group was recognized at the state level for its achievements just last month with the presentation of the 'Outstanding Affiliate of the Year' award at the 2019 North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration (NCAVA) Conference in Kitty Hawk.

The award is presented annually to a current NCAVA affiliate for providing quality service to the communities it represents; enhancing the professional development image of volunteer administration; promoting volunteerism and the recognition of volunteers; and encouraging involvement in NCAVA. Way to go, PRAVA!

The Hispanic League Relocates to New Home

Our friends at the Hispanic League , which used to be co-located with HandsOn back when we were both in the American Red Cross building, are excited to announce that they've moved to a new location inside the  Winston-Salem Journal Building at 418 North Marshall Street on the 2nd Floor.  The entrance is near the water feature that looks like a dandelion. Follow the steps or ramp to the door on your right. Planning a visit? You will need to to call 336.770.1228  to enter the building. There is some FREE PARKING available behind the building on 5th Street, and there is metered parking on the street, as well as a pay Parking Garage off of North Marshall Street for the Embassy Suites that is available. Their mailing address will remain the same. 
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The experienced team at HIGOL helps nonprofit leaders increase revenue and community impact by an average of 50% within twelve months of working together. Solutions are co-created with the Executive Director or CEO to ensure they meet the specific needs of the organization. 

Leaders most often call on them when:

  1. The organization wants to renew its focus, diversify revenue, and get the board and staff on the same page.
  2. Decision makers want to hire best-fit team members the first time around. 
  3. They want a cohesive team that focuses on what’s most important and works cooperatively to achieve critical outcomes. 
  4. When they want to increase the board’s willingness and capacity to both attract and contribute resources to the organization. 

Want to know more? Reach out to them directly:
Teri Beckman and Paula McCoy
| phone: 336.724.2866 | fax: 336.724.4467 |